DENISON, TX-The city of Denison's two highest honors were handed down to two firefighters who put their lives on the line to save three people involved a two-vehicle crash in August.
It was just two months ago when two Denison firefighters rescued a woman who was trapped inside a burning vehicle after the crash on FM-406. That's why Monday, with a standing ovation, both men were honored for their heroism.
Denison firefighters Kevin Arrington and Jared DuLaney were surprised to be recognized with the Meritorious Award, the city's highest honor, at Monday night's meeting.
"It's something that I'm not expecting at all, you know, we do this all the time," said Arrington.
"It was unexpected and it was humbling," said DuLaney.
Both men were commended for their life-saving efforts when they responded to a head-on collision on FM 406 and Katy Lane in August.
Arrington and DuLaney were the first ones on-scene and found one of the SUVs on fire with a woman trapped inside. Armed with only a fire extinguisher, Arrington battled the flames
"By the time I got the backboard it caught on fire again. So we really had to get her out and didn't really think about anything else. It's basically her safety and everyone else's safety," said Arrington.
"I started suppressing the fire as Kevin helped the lady out of the back and got her out to safety and got the kid laying out there in the front. There's a fire coming up on him as well. It was chaotic," said DuLaney.
All three patients were in critical condition. Two men were flown to Dallas and the woman taken to TMC.
Denison Assistant Fire Chief, Bill Ray, said both firefighters went above and beyond risking their lives to save three others.
"It's our job, it's just what we do and the other guys in the department would do the same thing," said DuLaney.
Arrington and DuLaney said the victims recovered from their injuries from the accident. Denison police officer, Troy LaRoche, was also recognized by the city last night with the City Manager's Award for Excellence in Public Service.